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30 - Damian Jones

Vanderbilt 

  • Birthday: 6/30/95
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-11
  • Wt: 245
  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
  • High School: Scotlandville Magnet
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Overall

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2016
Mock:  30

NBA Comparison: Festus Ezeli

Strengths: Physically, Jones has ideal size, strength and speed for a center in today’s fast-paced NBA ... He’s tall (6'11”), long (7’2” wingspan), with broad shoulders, strength and high level speed and athletic ability ... He’s able to get up and down the floor very well for a player his size … He’s got very good touch around the rim and shows the ability to hit shots out to 15-18 feet ... Good at finishing on the block, provided he isn't forced to create a basket against a strong defender ... Between that and his improved shot selection, he’s become a very efficient player, shooting nearly 60% from the floor last season … His length and athleticism could lead him to a role as a very good help-side post defender … Additionally, he shows potential to become an even more potent offensive weapon with his improving mid-range jumper ... Jones is an intelligent, high-character guy who puts in the work off the court and without question be a good teammate at the next level ... Shows very well in workouts where his athleticism and shooting stroke make an intriguing combination ... Shows a lot of potential with the ability to be a dominant force when he's on his game ...

Weaknesses: Sustaining a high level of intensity and focus is his biggest obstacle ... Jones laid back attitude often manifests itself on the court, and his inability to consistently play to his ability is a concern ... He often disappears from games and currently lacks the tenacity needed to be a dominant presence inside ... Success will likely be highly contingent on landing in the right situation with coaches that understand how to build his confidence and get the most out of his abilities ... Competitiveness and feel for the game comes into question ... It is baffling how poorly (6.9 per game) he rebounds for someone with his physical attributes ... Post skills have not progressed as expected and still need work ... Has the length and hops to be a real presence inside, but doesn’t really have the rebounding numbers or defensive prowess to show for it ... Had a tough time emerging as Vanderbilt's clearcut star, depite being the best talent ... Jones productivity and efficiency (scoring, FG%, FT%, minutes) decreased accross the board as a junior ... He gets to the line at a decent rate, but struggled to convert once there ... Regressed as a free throw shooter last year, connecting on a college career-low 54% from the stripe ... Needs to work on becoming a bigger presence on both ends of the floor ... Commits a fair amount of turnovers with a lack of significant assist numbers ... Not particularly adept at passing out of double-teams ... Despite having a very strong frame, can be pushed around at times, so adding some lower body strength and especially toughness will be key ...

Overall: Jones is a springy, skilled center who has the potential to make an impact at the next level, but often struggled to consistently make an impact at the college level ... He’ll need to become more tenacious and a bit stronger in order to find the consistency to stick in an NBA rotation, but the framework is there and he's by all accounts considered a high character kid ...

Notes: Measured 7'0’’ in shoes, with a 7'2’’ wingspan and 245 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy ... As a sophomore, the Jones-led Vanderbilt Commodores missed the NCAA tournament, and this past year, they were a controversial First Four selection that got bounced in their play-in game…Matched up with Jacob Poeltl at the 2015 Nike Academy and won the individual battle with his superior strength and athleticism ...

Jacob Stallard 5/28/16

May 10, 2012

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